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Death of innocents in deadly shooting "Batman" incident, premeditated months ahead –police

Excited people thronging the Denver area for the premiere of “Batman” at a movie theatre were brutally gunned down. Nearly 12 people had been ruthlessly massacred and 58 were wounded in a shooting rampage as they sat with their eyes glued to the screen to watch the super hero “Batman” in action. Police claim, the provisions received by the identified shooter ,James Holmes ,shows months of planning with "calculation and deliberation".

FBI launches raids in connection to 'Anonymous' cyberattacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cracked the whip against those who participated in the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against some financial institutions and websites in support of the whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Woman's cellphone swallowed by crocodile ringing

Here's something strange that shows how sturdy some Nokia phones can be. There can be crocodile resistant!

Bank of America Bans WikiLeaks Transactions

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) has banned transactions to whistle-blower site WikiLeaks since Friday, according to media reports. The Obama Administration earlier urged financial organizations to sever ties with the site for illegally releasing confidential US diplomatic cables. 

Police: Man exposed self to elderly woman

Sarasota, Fla. -- A 27-year-old Florida man has been arrested on accusations he stalked an 89-year-old woman and repeatedly masturbated in her yard, authorities said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Alexis Ali Moreland was spotted by the Sarasota woman on at least seven occasions since March and was recorded peering into her window and walking nude through her yard by surveillance cameras placed by investigators, the Bradenton Herald reported Friday.

The woman told investigators Moreland was usually masturbating when she spotted him in her back yard.

Ex-dean accused of e-mail threats

Lake Forest, Ill. -- Prosecutors said a former dean of legal studies at a Chicago university e-mailed threats to students after his firing.

Authorities said Bennie Wilcox, of Lake Forest, Ill., hacked into the Kaplan University e-mail system after he was laid off from his $111,000-per-year job in 2007 and sent students a message informing them the school's Web site had been hacked, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

"Your schools Web site has been Hacked!" the e-mail read. "All of your personal information ... will now be used to ruin your credit, take out credit cards in your name and pay for on-line gambling."

Man, 84, allegedly hit deputy with cane

Callaway, Fla. -- Authorities in Florida said an 84-year-old man was arrested after allegedly striking a sheriff's deputy with his cane.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said a deputy responded to the Callaway Clinic at about 8:45 p.m. Nov. 24 after receiving a report of a man being disruptive, and found the elderly man loudly cursing at the office manager, the Panama City (Fla.) News Herald reported Monday.

The deputy escorted the man out of the building and the sheriff's report said the man again started shouting profanities and the deputy told him he would be arrested if he did not stop.

Sleeping driver wakes, plunges into pool

North Lauderdale, Fla. -- Authorities in Florida say a man sleeping in his idling car sped into a pool when he was awakened by deputies.

Broward County sheriff's spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said deputies spotted Charles Marckenson sleeping in his idling car about 5:40 a.m. Thursday outside his home at Park Plaza Apartments in North Lauderdale, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

Concepcion said Marckenson woke up when deputies tapped on his window and he put his car into gear. Deputies called for him to stop as he slowly moved forward. Instead, they say, he punched the gas and sped through a playground and a wall surrounding a neighboring apartment complex before plunging into a pool.

Woman run over by her own car, twice

Melbourne -- An Australian woman was in a hospital after being run over by her own car -- twice, authorities said.

The woman, from the Melbourne suburb of Noble Park, was hit in her driveway Wednesday afternoon when her car rolled backward out of the driveway.

The car then crossed the road, struck a fence and bounced back, hitting the woman again.

Paramedics treated the woman at the scene and took her to hospital where she was in serious condition. Police did not release the woman's name.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Truck spills Jell-O, pudding onto road

Charles City, Iowa -- Authorities in Iowa said a semi-trailer veered off a county road and spilled 53 pallets of Jell-O and pudding cups into traffic.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department said the semi left the road in the early hours Tuesday and the roof ripped open, spilling the snacks onto Rudd Park Road near the intersection with Highway 27, The (Mason City) Globe-Gazette reported Wednesday.

The driver, Eric Young, 39, of Charleston, S.C., and passenger
Martin Brandon, 32, of Bridgeport, Conn., received treatment for minor injuries.

The sheriff's department said crews spent about three hours cleaning the Jell-O and pudding from the road. Damage to the semi was estimated at $50,000.